CONSTITUTION

Of

Rainbow Lake Association, INC.

revised July 2003


ARTICLE I – NAME


The name of this organization shall be “RAINBOW LAKE ASSOCIATION, INC.”


ARTICLE II – MISSION STATEMENT (purpose)


The Mission of the Association shall be to promote and support any and all activities, which encourage the building of an ethic of stewardship and conservation of the Rainbow Lake watershed, its connecting and tributary waters. The hope is that our own and future generations may continue to enjoy the advantages, benefits and pleasures of living in the locality herein described.


ARTICLE III – MEMBERSHIP


Section 1. Any person shall be eligible for active membership in the Association who subscribes in sincerity to the Constitution and By-Laws of the Association.


Section 2. Full voting member privileges shall be exercised only by dues paid members on Rainbow Lake and its connecting waters, who are over 18 years of age, with a maximum of two (2) votes per shoreline property. Each member is entitled to one vote.

Section 3. Associate members shall have full membership privileges, with the exception of voting.


ARTICLE IV – GOVERNMENT


Section 1. The general management and control of the affairs, funds and property of the Association shall be vested in the Officers and the nine (9) Directors; three (3) Directors to be selected each year by the general membership present at the August meeting. The retiring President shall continue as a Director for an additional two (2) years. Both the officers and the Directors will be referred to as the “Board”. All Board members must be full voting members of the Association.


Section 2. A member of the Board must attend at least one meeting a year, chair a committee, or be an active member of a committee to remain a member of the Board. After review by the Board, the member may be replaced by a two-thirds vote.


ARTICLE V – REVENUE


The amount of Annual Dues of the Association shall be determined and proposed by the Board at any meeting of the Association, and requires approval by two-thirds vote of the General Membership present. Assessed dues will be the same for both full and associate members.


ARTICLE VI – OFFICERS


Section 1. The Officers of the Association shall be a President, a Vice-President, a Treasurer and a Secretary, to be elected at the August meeting by the General Membership present for a two (2) year term.


Section 2. The Directors, at the August meeting, shall be elected for three (3) year terms. However, when the need arises, lesser terms may be indicated to keep the Board balanced among members with three (3) year, two (2) year and one (1) year tenure.


ARTICLE VII – AMENDMENTS


Amendments to the Constitution and By-Laws may be proposed at any meeting of the Association. The Board will then review the proposed amendments and make a recommendation to approve or disapprove the proposal. The proposed amendments will be presented to the general membership at the next general meeting for a vote. Approval of the amendments will require a two-thirds (2/3) vote of the GENERAL membership present.


BY-LAWS


ARTICLE I - THE BOARD


The powers of “The Board” shall be as follows:


Section 1. To do any and all such acts as shall be necessary, reasonable or proper for the protection or advancement of the interests of the Association or the conduct of its affairs and as shall be consistent with the Constitution and By-Laws.


Section 2. The Board shall have the power to fill any vacancy that may occur on the Board whether they are officers or directors.


ARTICLE II – DUTIES OF OFFICERS


Section 1. The President shall call to order and preside at all meetings of the Association and of the Board. In the absence of the President, the Vice-President shall preside at all meetings. The President shall appoint all committee chairpersons, with the exception of the nominating committee and shall ex-officio be a member of each committee, (exception being the Nominating Committee), and shall, in general, have those powers to perform those duties customary to the office of President of an Association of this kind.


Section 2. The Secretary shall conduct the correspondence of the Association, notify members and the Board of all meetings, keep minutes of meetings of the Association and Board and shall, in general perform those duties customary to the office of Secretary of an Association of this kind.


Section 3. The Treasurer shall receive all monies of the Association and deposit the same in the name of the Association as directed by the Board and under the direction of the Board, shall disburse the funds of the Association by checks drawn and signed by the Treasurer. As chairperson of the Budget Committee, the Treasurer shall submit, first to the board, and then to the General Membership a budget to be approved for the following year. The treasurer shall keep regular accounts and submit the same to the Board at the August meeting or whenever requested by the President, and shall in general perform those duties customary to the office of Treasurer of an Association of this kind.


ARTICLE III – COMMITTEES


Section 1. The Nominating Committee, will consist of an uneven number (minimum of three) volunteers from the general membership who have identified themselves to the Board at the August meeting for service the following year. If there are no volunteers from the general membership, the Board will have the responsibility of identifying a minimum of three members from the general membership willing to serve on this committee. Members of this committee will select a chairperson.


Section 2. The Nominating Committee will present a slate at the following July meeting, consisting of a least one candidate for each vacancy to be filled. Any voting member may make a competing nomination from the floor.



ARTICLE IV – MEETINGS


Section 1. The Board shall meet at least one (1) week prior to a General Membership Meeting.


Section 2. There shall be two (2) general membership meetings each year; one to be held on the 2nd Saturday of July, and the second meeting to be held on the 2nd Saturday of August.



Section 3. The President may call a meeting of the Board at any time.





ARTICLE V – ABSENTEE BALLOTS


Absentee ballots for the elections of officers and directors will be accepted by mail. All absentee ballots must be signed, dated and placed in a sealed envelope.


ARTICLE VI – COMMENTS/COMPLAINTS


Any member is entitled to make a comment or complaint regarding activities affecting the general purpose of the Association. The comments or complaints must be made in writing and signed or submitted in person to the Board. The board will review and determine what action, if any, is appropriate and will notify the member in writing, of its findings.


ARTICLE VII – QUORUM


Section 1. Seven (7) members shall constitute a quorum of the Board.


Section 2. Twenty (20) voting members shall constitute a quorum at any General Membership meeting of the Association.


ARTICLE VIII – AFFILIATION


The Board shall, in its discretion, affiliate and/or cooperate with other associations of this kind, which now are formed or may be formed in the Adirondacks; as well as Department of Environmental Conservation, Law Enforcement Agencies, New York State Conservation Commission, and the Town Boards of Franklin and Brighton, in whose areas the waters of Rainbow Lake are located.


ARTICLE IX - EXPENDITURE


The Board shall be limited to a maximum expenditure as set forth by a two-thirds (2/3) vote of the general membership present.


ARTICLE X – DISSOLUTION OF ASSOCIATION


In the event it becomes necessary to dissolve the Rainbow Lake Association, all funds left in the treasury will be divided among local 501 (c)(3) Tax exempt charities. The Board will decide which charities will receive the money.


The revised Constitution and By-laws were approved by a majority vote of the membership at the July 12th 2003 meeting.